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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Think Spring! Plan to attend an upcoming workshop in Des Moines to build your own 55 gallon rain barrel. The Easter Lake Watershed project is sponsoring the make-and-take workshop along with Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Des Moines Stormwater Utility. The worskhop costs $50, and will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10-11 a.m. at the Des Moines Municipal Service Building, 1551 East Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Learn about the Easter Lake Watershed project and the benefits of using a rain barrel at the event, too. Register soon, as there are a limited number of participants. Register for the workshop on their website.